Ryde Rowing Club had 4 crews competing at the Coast Rowing Championships in Herne Bay, Kent on Saturday (3rd September), the final Coastal Regatta of the 2016 season.
The Regatta, a coxed fours-only event staged over a straight 1800m course is the culmination of the Coastal season where the representative crews from the 3 South Coast Rowing Associations – the Coast ARA, the West of England ARA and the Hants & Dorset ARA – meet to decide who are the South Coast Champions at various statuses. Each Association can have 2 representatives in the Championship events and a third if one of the Associations fails to fill its quota. It is regarded as a great honour to be selected to represent your Association where the concept of ‘better to be last in a Championship race and than first in the open’ applies.
The Wightlink-sponsored club had 2 crews invited to represent their Association – the Men’s Coastal Junior Four of Dom Douglas, Jacob Redstone, Ben Toms, Joe Groves and Cox Austin Smith and a Ladies Coastal Junior Four of Kristy Newnham, Lisa Murphy, Ayesha Russell and Catherine Murphy with Mick Jenner coxing. This takes the total number of times the club has represnted the Association at the Championships to 36.
Unfortunatley on this occasion neither of Ryde’s representative crews were able to add to the club’s previous 16 championship wins with the Ladies finishing in 3rd place and the Men in 6th.
The Ryde club also had 2 crews racing in the ‘open’ supporting events – a second Ladies Junior Coastal Four of Abi Locke, Emiley Pike, Julie Cole, Kate Whitehurst with Karen Crook coxing who, after comfortably winning their heat, finished 2nd in the final – and a Men’s Junior Senior Four of Allan Evans, Joel Smith, Dale Buckett and James Smith – with Karen coxing once a gain who finished 5th in the final. The Junior Senior crew was notable for having veteran oarsmam Allan in the boat, who’s age equelled the ages of the other 3 oarsman in the crew combined.
There was some success for Ryde with Rowing Captain and Coach Micky Jenner competing in a composite crew with BTC Southampton who won the Master 40 Fours event.
Ryde’s 3 Hants & Dorset ARA Race Officials were also all involved in the event with Steve Bull fulfilling the Role of Association representative on the boat inspection team and Sharon Ayles selected to be the Association’s Championship Umpire and John Adams the Championship Judge.